Well, my laptop is simply driving me nuts as I try to use it to edit my photos, so the time has come to bite the bullet and try to build my first ever PC (how exciting! ) Here's what I'm going with:
Antec P182 + Enermax 525W MODU82+ PSU
Abit IP-35 PRO Motherboard
Intel Q6600 CPU + Xigmatek S1283 Cooler
2 x 2GB Corsair XMS2 PC2-6400C5 RAM
640 GB Western Digital WD6400AAKS Hard Drive
HP 1070i 20x DVD±R
Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit OEM)
Dell 2408WFP monitor
I haven't chosen a graphics card yet, simply because I know that new models are due for imminent launch... Is it possible to build this PC without a graphics card for the moment? Will it be usable? Or should I just make a choice out of what's available? I'm budgeting around £200-£250 for a GPU...
PC will predominately be used for image editing (Photoshop CS3 & Lightroom) and web browsing, it will however be getting a gaming workout I'm sure; the only reason I haven't bought Crysis or Supreme Commander is that my laptop just can't run them!! It struggles with C&C 3 (which I play slightly obsessively )
What are your thoughts on the above build? Anything you'd change? Thoughts on my graphics card conundrum would be appreciated as well, thanks! I guess I'm trying to avoid paying for something that's going to be obselete in a months time (and may well drop in price considerably to boot!)
On the build side... I've never done this before so am slightly apprehensive, any advice you can give for me? Mistakes that everyone makes that maybe I can avoid? Also, what tools will I need (I don't have anything, so will have to buy a couple of things I suspect?) I will of course be logged into this forum for the entire weekend as I build, so expect 1.8 million posts from me I'm sure
Cheers Chaps, appreciate your time as always!